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Amy

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Silver Swan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

    David says: "A great sequel!"
    "Captures the nature of the book very well."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Defintely an enjoyable listen, but preferred the first and third books in the series more.


    What does Timothy Dalton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is very dramatic which worked well with the dark aura of the story.


    Could you see The Silver Swan being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh yes! I would love to see Ciaran Hinds as Quirk. He is Irish and could easily portray the broody Quirk!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far from Over

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sheila O'Flanagan
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Gemma Garvey’s marriage has been over for ages. And it was Gemma’s choice to end it; her decision to go it alone with two kids, rather than pretend the marriage to career-obsessed David was working. So why is she so upset when he marries that flame-haired bimbo, Orla O’Neill? Is it that Orla’s nearer in age to Gemma’s teenage daughter than to herself? But for Orla, being wife number two isn’t all she’d imagined. And the trouble has only just begun.

    Amazon Customer says: "I love this author!"
    "Really Good Chicklit!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Far from Over to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but have read many books by Flanagan. This is my first audio version of a novel by Ms. Flanagan and I was not disappointed. Kate Binchy really brought the story to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, but only because I so looked forward to listening to it in the car while on my way to work. I wanted to make it last!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (282)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Another entertaining book from Maeve!"
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    Would you try another book from Maeve Binchy and/or Katherine Borowitz?

    I am definitely a Maeve Binchy fan, but this was the first one of her novels that I have listened to rather than read the old fashioned way. I will most certainly download another as there is never enough time to read at home, so an audible book in the car is great and Maeve's novels are easy listening. My only complaint with this novel is the sound quality. The first half is fine, but the second half is terrible. At times it is muffled and the next tinny. You are still able to hear the dialogue, but it certainly is a distraction. I should note that this is the first time that I have experienced this with an audible book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all Maeve Binchy novels, it is always about the characters and their development as well as how she develops relationships between the characters.


    Was Tara Road worth the listening time?

    Yes, despite the sound problems.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (313)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "A Great Character Driven Read!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and how your opinion of them changes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Definitely when the initially meek wife takes control.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (897)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Jonathan Keeble Brings the Characters to Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Woodcutter the most enjoyable?

    The story was great, but Mr. Keeble's narration made it that much better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6225)
    Performance
    (5391)
    Story
    (5386)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Mr. Ballerini made it even more enjoyable!"
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    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know how he did it, be he managed to make each character unique in his or her delivery. Thoroughly enjoyed his narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21132)
    Performance
    (18950)
    Story
    (19015)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
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    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but my goodness an I glad I did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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